ARLINGTON, Texas —Michael Young homered and extended his hitting streak to 21 games, Kevin Millwood shook after a bad first inning to pitch into the seventh, and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-4 on Thursday night.
The Indians roughed up Texas pitching for 35 runs and 48 hits in the first three games of the series, then scored four more in the first.
Millwood (4-3) settled in after that, retiring 15 in a row. The right-hander allowed nine hits and struck out six.
Eddie Guardado relieved Millwood after a leadoff single by Jamey Carroll in the seventh.
It was another tough outing for Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia (3-8). He yielded five runs and nine hits while striking out eight over six innings. The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner has lost three straight decisions and is winless since May 14.
Young’s infield RBI single in the sixth put the Rangers on top 5-4, and he homered in the eighth. The Rangers shortstop had three hits to build on the major league’s best hitting streak of the season.
Milton Bradley, who had three hits, hit his 13th homer in the seventh—his fifth long ball in five games. Ramon Vazquez hit a two-run triple that stetched Texas’ lead to 8-4.
David Dellucci had a two-run double for the Indians, who came in hitting .381 against the Rangers pitching staff over the past three games.
Gerald Laird doubled off Sabathia to lead off the sixth, and Chris Shelton sacrificed him to third. Sabathia struck out Ramon Vazquez and walked Ian Kinsler.
Young hit a slow grounder to short and barely beat Jhonny Peralta’s throw at first. The infield single scored Laird as the Rangers overcame an early four-run hole.
Five of the first six Cleveland batters of the game reached base. Victor Martinez had an RBI single, Peralta hit an RBI double and Dellucci doubled off the left-field wall to give the Indians a 4-0 lead.
Dellucci was the last Cleveland hitter to reach against Millwood until Ryan Garko singled with one out in the sixth. One out later, Dellucci and Casey Blake each had singles to load the bases on Millwood.
Millwood struck out Shin-soo Choo on a 3-2 count to end the threat and that set the stage for the Rangers to go ahead for good in the bottom half of the inning.
The Texas bullpen, which had a 12.60 ERA over the past four games, pitched three shutout innings in relief of Millwood.
The Rangers rallied from a 4-0 deficit by scoring three in the second and another in the third.
Shelton’s infield single made it 4-1. Shelton and Laird scored on Ramon Vazquez’s RBI single and two-base error on right fielder Choo.
Young led off the fourth with a double and Bradley tied the game at 4 with an RBI single.
Kinsler was 0-for-4 as hitting streak ended at 19 games.